Saturday, December 18, 2010

Greetings to all!

What would Little Jesus eat?

The birth of the candy cane is thought to be in 1670 A.D.

We feel that the information below is far more important:

2 cups sugar

1/2 c. light corn syrup

1/2 c. water

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

3/4 tsp. peppermint extract

red food coloring

Cook sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar to a very hard ball stage (use candy thermometer: 250 to 265 degrees F.). Remove from heat and add peppermint. Divide into two parts and add red food coloring to one part and mix well. Once it is just barely cool enough to handle, the candy must be pulled and turned on itself over and over until it is no longer clear.Pull pieces of each part to form ropes and twist red around the white to make candy canes.

Preparation: approximately 45 minutes

Yield: 1 dozen

Greek Mint Myth

props for our holiday greeting, view it at the website

Our 2010 greeting mocks holiday hullabaloo and phony sentiment. We are in the habit of asking "what is the mythology or backstory?" We share what the Greeks thought:

Minthe, a naiad nymph was beloved of Hades. Displeased with this liaison Persephone trampled upon Minthe, crushed her and ground her into dirt. From Minthe's gore sprung the sweet smelling mint plant -- gnarly, growing close to the ground and destined to be trod upon.

Minthe, before and after Persephone's wrath.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Props for Nurture

Searching for inspiration, odds for any of these eager foods is about 1 in 8.

Nurture Rituals

Meat 'n Potatoes from Consuming Passion

We just posted the Lunchbox Series on the website. Here are two nurturing rituals which are legible as diptychs.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Collect.give: great photos - greater good

We are thrilled to have our image from Consuming Passion as the latest offering on collect.give.

collect.give was founded in December 2009 by photographer Kevin Miyazaki as a place to collect contemporary photography and donate to worthwhile causes at the same time. The photographers featured on collect.give have pledged to donate 100% of the profits from their print sales to causes they personally support. For details go here.

We pledge 100% of the sales of our print (edition of 25) in support of The Voices and Faces Project. Founded by Anne K. Ream, a writer and longstanding advocate for women's issues, The Voices and Faces Project is a national documentary initiative bringing the testimony of sexual violence survivors to the attention of the public in order to raise awareness of how this human rights and public health issue impacts victims, families and communities. Through photography and stories, the project speaks truth to the often outdated, damaging and limiting notions society has of the sexually violated by giving voice and face to rape survivors. In their recent project, they traveled to Mexico to meet with the women of Atenco, a courageous community of survivors who are standing up and speaking out about the sexual violence and torture that they have endured at the hands of the police.

For us, the use of photography and storytelling in the service of their cause mirrors our own belief in the importance of photography as a way to document injustice, and as a means of personal expression and healing. We hope you will join us in supporting The Voices and Faces Project by purchasing one of our prints.

from the Real Photo Postcard Survey

Friday, September 3, 2010

Consuming Opinions in one week

Interesting: everybody dives in with an opinion, they are all experts on food and flesh...



o beets, a "stand apart" image, introductory

o radishes were "common" - soft pornish

o she liked the more abstract/didn't respond to the humor

o FLESH AS BACKGROUND was most effective - didn't like the blue tones

o liked pressing into flesh radioccio image

o liked small size...images could read more precious (common idea?)

o compare and contrast by shooting in film also


o saw we had 2 ideas: sexy/creepy and playful/clever

both funny and had conceptual depth (as opposed to academic AllThings)

o shown as groups cuz they are NOT stand alone type images

o liked high key pallette

o liked complex design, like reading an alphabet when grouped

o consider floating frame, white frame, big mat

o psycho dimension in sexier ones (pit, neck, mushrooms, chive, ham/cheese)

o liked how they weren't seen as flesh immediately


metaphor for growth/resonating skin with texture

love that color

Best when total transformation...melding food and body and becomes other

(celeric, peanut, potatoes) most abstract

Best when you stop wondering what part of the body and it just IS -

Stuck by mushroom

Combos, ham & cheese with bread picture--the lunchbox series

parts segments interesting -

invitational moments -

expected relationships, and then the unexpected

by the end of series, maybe ALL body parts could be used

OK to crop orange and hair OK plus the melding/embracing sense is good

spuds look like birthing -

nestling in pouring out


violation -

smashed squished, spilled seeds (vs the cut of the papaya/belly/scar)

check out scale -- bigger may be iconic (whole show maybe 5 images)

very large....the figure and form may transform...can the transformation happen large

like sense of no human hand

check out KODAK ultra color film

check ____________Mandlebaum

Marilyn Mintor

Jean Dunning

Peter Greenaway -Drowning by numbers

Glen Gary Ketchum

Ursa Books across from Gagosian (colleen recommends)

Uta Barthes

Dodd Camera Armitage and California

Self Publish-Be happy site

lovely press jon gittleson

Like shriveled -

Like Ambiguity -

Like colors/pallette

conjure different unexpected food combos -

push away from expected food fotos

cut back on centered images

try changing the llighting, which may change the meaning

anecdote: your eyebrows are indicative of your grooming in general, beneath your clothes

check out chinese photographer at Smart Gallery MADE IN CHINA Show who works with


Consuming Ragdale

In February 2010, we spent our Ragdale Foundation residency working on ideas for Consuming Passion.

Meadows Studio

Meadows Studio from east

View from Meadows Studio

swathed in north light

testing, testing, testing

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Auspicious Beginning

This is the first image from our project about nurturing and nourishment to be seen in the world.

We encourage you to ponder food as love. To nurture and to feast upon.

In Consuming Passion, the body becomes serving plate, altar, banquet and booty. Still life transforms into emotional landscape as the line between serving and self blurs.

After countless hours at the kitchen counter preparing food for our families, we begin to investigate the delicate and compelling balance that is necessary for nourishment.

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